Wow Me Wednesdays!

For months before I got brave and started my own blog, I would lurk around and grab inspiration from some of the other amazing bloggers out there.

Each week, I will share the things that jumped out and wowed me over the last seven days. I refuse to set a number of how many, because I don’t like restrictions.

So, without further delay here is the first installment of Wow me Wednesday. (In no particular order)

1. Ruffled Crib Skirt Tutorial @ Positively Splendid

Love the colors. The whole nursery is really a beautiful space. I wonder if I can make one for my bed.

2. Pizza Blanca @ Living Lux … But Lighter

Not only does this look delicious, it is also from a dear friend of mine on her NEW blog. Can’t wait to try it!

3. Organizing with leftover containers @ I Am Momma – Hear Me Roar

I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for organized. And cheap. Not sure which I love more.

4. Paint Chip Quatrefoil Art @ The Crafty Scientist

Love the color schemes. Love that this can be done for NO cost. Fantastic! She also has a wonderful wreath project that I love.

5. Crochet Earwarmer/Headband @ Projects Around the House

Let’s add this to the already 1005 reasons I need to learn to crochet. Maybe I could get a certain sister – in – law to make me one. 🙂

6. Mitten Pocket Shirt @ My Own Road

Little miss Ava would LOVE this. She always wants pockets to hide her “treasures” in.

7. Anthro Inspired Knotted Quilt @ Classy Clutter

I have had this same Antrhopologie quilt on my Pintrest board for a while now. I love that someone has come up with a tutorial so I can actually redo my existing duvet. Now, what color should I do? Orange? White? Chocolate brown?

And last but not least:

Anthro knock-off Flutter Curtains @ KoJo Designs

Can you guess what she made these fantastic curtains from?

Sheets! Genius.

I also love the pillows. Awesome space.

Do you have any favorite projects this week?


Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Feature, Uncategorized



DIY Spray-painted Vase

It doesn’t feel much like winter here in Iowa. We really haven’t had much snow and it has been unseasonably warm. Believe me, I’m not complaining. But all this warm weather (and green grass) has me thinking about spring.

As I was wondering through my local Wal-Mart this morning, I spotted their fresh-cut flowers and their vibrant colors just screamed at me to grab them.

So with apologies to my husband (who HATES tulips) I grabbed a lovely orange bunch.

But now I need to have something equally pretty to put them in – the pink milk powder container just isn’t cutting it.

I had this vase in the cupboard and thought that I could make it more interesting. I’ve seen these painted jars on Pintrest.

Doesn't everyone craft with the help of curious kittens? Hi Snarf!

I figured that would look great with my new vase. But I am not a huge fan of my own handwriting. So I made a quick printable on picnik and slipped it inside my vase as a guide. And used my glue gun to trace the letters and the heart.

Here’s how it looked

IMPORTANT: When your can of spray paint warns you to make sure your object is free of dirt, dust, and grease. That also means fingerprints. I seem to have ignored this warning and so my resulting paint job is a tad uneven in places.

I gave the vase 3 coats of glossy white paint and I am loving the result.

What do you think?

Oh, one last tip: I added a teaspoon of bleach to the water before I placed the flowers in the vase. This will keep the bacteria production at a minimum and will extend the life of your flowers. 

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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in Tutorial, Uncategorized


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Today in our Christian calendar year is the day of Epiphany. Or the day that the wise men came to see the Messiah.

As a pastoral family, it is important to us that our girls understand all the church holidays, not just “THE BIG TWO.” First, we put away all of the Christmas decorations earlier this week after we got home from our travels to visit family. But I didn’t put away the two children’s nativity sets. I want to talk to the kids about what happened on epiphany that made this day important. With three-year-old kids,visuals are important. SO we have this nativity…

So I have been coming up with some activities to do with the girls this afternoon after school.

While my kindergartener is still at school, I am going to make some cookies with my cookie press. I know it would be more fun for her if I let her help, but I just can’t handle that kind of mess.

Here is my favorite recipe:

1 cup sugar
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 – 2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
These cookies are my favorite to make because the dough doesn’t require chilling before the cookies are pressed out.Combine all ingredients well. Pack into cookie press and press shapes out onto a greased cookie sheet.

I like to sprinkle them with colored sugar before baking, so I don’t have to decorate them later.

Bake in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes, watching carefully as these cookies over-bake easily. Remove when lightly golden brown along edges. Cool on wire racks.

So after school I will have the girls decorate these crowns that they can wear as we have a tea party and read the story of the wise men visiting Jesus from Matthew chapter 2.

If you would like to make your own crowns, here is my template that you may use.

Finally, our last project for the day is a star to remind us of a prayer focus for each day. You can find instructions to make one here. I don’t have any yellow construction paper, so we will also be making this out of craft foam.

May you see Jesus reflected in your world today. Thanks for stopping by! 

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Posted by on January 6, 2012 in Uncategorized


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I love the smell of crayons in the morning!

OK, it may be time for a bit of a disclaimer here. The hubby quotes movies and TV shows quite often. I have sort of picked up the habit. However, I frequently misquote said quotes. Sometimes on purpose. This is one of those times.

So anyway, I have both girls home from school for winter break right now. Which means I have to be creative and come up with some fun new activities to keep them entertained or spend my day as referee. I don’t own any black and white striped shirts, so activities it is. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Tutorial, Uncategorized


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Serenity NOW!

My 5-year-old is a BIT high-strung. She often melts down at the tiniest issue.

We are working with her on ways to control her emotions and calm herself down. Here is one of our latest attempts.

I got the idea here. I didn’t have any glitter glue so I made my own.

Here’s how:

I mixed the glitter into the clear school glue until I was satisfied with the color and amount of sparkle. Then I poured the glue into the jar with about 12 ounces of hot water. I added extra glitter for more sparkle.

Most important step – Super glue the lid to the jar. You don’t want a jar full of water and glitter to get opened and spilled by a mischievous curious three-year old.

Last, I hot-glued a ribbon to the jar to add a bow and used some transparent stickers.

The glitter takes about 5 minutes to settle back to the bottom after shaking the jar. So Little Miss can sit and watch it swirl around in pretty patterns and by the time it is all settled, she should be too.

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Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Yarn wrapped letter on the cheap

The newest edition to my living room decor.

So I’m sure you have seen a million of these yarn wrapped letters around blog-land. Here are a few of my favorite examples.

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Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Tutorial, Uncategorized


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No More Fighting!

Yes, I have in fact shouted this across the house more than once today. Maybe it’s time to try something new.

I found this great idea over at A girl and a glue gun and I loved how simple it seems. So here is my interpretation.

My stash of scrapbook paper is either boring solids or all holiday themed, so instead I created some printables with picnik.

This was my first adventure with this, but it was so much fun to play around with. Thanks again goes to Kim  for her tutorial, she really made the process fool-proof.

The most important step in creating a set of printables that will coordinate is to click continue editing after you save your changes.

After printing I attached each sheet to a long piece of cardboard that I cut from an old box. Then I “laminated” it with clear packing tape and hot glued some disk magnets on the back so that I can stick it to the garage door.

I also made each girl a personalized clothespin clip to keep track of their progress each day.

Glitter will adhere to the acrylic paint if you apply it while the paint is still wet if you want a subtle shimmer. I wanted more pronounced glitter, so after they paint had dried, I painted on a coat of Mod Podge and then covered with glitter.

Hint: attach your clothespins to a paint brush or pencil when painting so you don't end up painted too.

Finally, I took a Mason jar and made a choose your own reward system. As a family, we generated ideas for what would make good rewards. We came up with quite a variety. Some are low or no cost options and others can be a bit on the spendy side. I may re-print them on different colors to designate value of reward. We’ll see how this works for now.

After cutting the options into strips, I curled them around a pencil to conceal what is written on each to ensure fairness.

These rewards will not only be given for reaching the top of the discipline chart, but for doing great things at school such as finishing a new reading unit or a good report card.

If you would like to make a chart of your own, here are the printable downloads.

Note: to save ink, I had mine printed at Walmart for $1.75. Cheap and ensures that the colors are uniform.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Tutorial, Uncategorized


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